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Tuesday, June 3, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 246

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Avilla Baptist Church invites all children who have completed K - 8th grade to Vacation Bible School June 16 - 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Supper will be provided each night. Kick off the fun Sunday June 15 at 6:00 for a free picnic and game night. Call 417-246-5568 for more info.

Did Ya Know?... June 11th-- Officials from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the Chamber Office from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. to answer questions and present information concerning financing and refinancing of business projects with SBA loans. Please RSVP.

Did Ya Know?... June 13th-- Friday Morning Coffee, 7:00-8:00 a.m. at Kellogg Lake. What a great way to start your day!

Did Ya Know?... The summer session of Wednesday morning story times at the Carthage Public Library begins on June 4 at 10 a.m. in the story time area downstairs.

today's laugh

Do you prefer an English saddle or a Western?
What’s the difference?
The Western saddle has a horn.
I don’t think I’ll need the horn. I don’t intend to ride in heavy traffic.

Last night I saw the fastest leg-show in town.
So you took in a burlesque performance, eh?
No, the six-day bicycle race.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


Local dealers were paying a dollar a bushel for wheat today. This is said to be the first time in six years that the price has reached that figure and excepting the period mentioned, the first time in ten years. It is stated that the war is influencing the present price, and both the continuance of the war and the new crop will influence the future price a great deal. No one can foretell what the future of these two influences will be. Prices may easily be carried either lower or higher than the present figure during the coming summer and fall.

A Dance on North Maple

A good old fashioned Missouri hoe-down was enjoyed last night, to the fidgety see-saw of a fiddle, at a house on Maple Street, North of Vine. The "doe-se-doe,’ continued until far in the night.


Today's Feature

Acoustic Music Festival.

The 7th Annual Carthage Acoustic Music Festival will be held on Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th.

Friday’s events include a Pre-festival Concert in the Carthage High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Entertainers will include the Faris Family, 2006 SPBGMA Midwest Entertaining Group of the year, and Bailed Green & Wired Tight. Tickets for the concert cost $7.

Saturday’s free events begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Historic Carthage Square. Open stage will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Electrified instruments and pre-recorded music are not allowed. Scheduled bands will begin performing at 1:00 p.m. and include; Stonebrook, the Alferd Backer Band, the Faris Family, Drywood, Fabulous BRD’s and Bailed Green and Wired Tight. More scheduling information will be listed in an upcoming Mornin’ Mail. Indoor facilities are available in case of rain. Participants are requested to bring lawn chairs.

The Carthage Acoustic Music Festival is sponsored by Powers Museum with funding assistance from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation. Other considerations are provided by the City of Carthage, the Jasper County Commission, and the Mornin’ Mail. The event is produced in cooperation with the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Public Works Meeting.

The City Council Public Works Committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Public Works Department Building, 623 E. 7th Street.

Just Jake Talkin'


Don’t see many June bugs in my neighborhood. As a kid we would use ‘em in various ways to amuse each other durin’ the early summer months. The most common trick was to catch one (which wasn’t much of a chore, ya had ta watch your step to keep from crunchin’ one a the critters) and gently place on a buddy’s shoulder. The fun was just waitin’ and watchin’ to see if the bug would make it up to the neck. ‘Course the more squeamish the individual, the bigger the laugh when they jumped and started swattin’ themselves.

Some of the more adventuresome would tie a piece of string to the critter and then watch it fly up into the darkness. The thrill was to see the flutter of thread flyin’ by at some later time. Homin’ bugs.

This is some fact, but mostly

Just Jake Talkin’

Mornin' Mail

To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Fibromyalgia Is Difficult Condition

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My daughter was told she has fibromyalgia. Exactly what is it and what is the treatment? -- W.S.

ANSWER: Fibromyalgia is difficult to have, difficult to treat and difficult to understand. It consists of a large number of symptoms, the chief of which is pain all over the body. Furthermore, fibromyalgia patients are chronically tired, cannot get a decent night’s sleep and wake up as unrefreshed as they were when they went to bed. Some authorities estimate that as many as 10 percent of all adults suffer from it.

In making this diagnosis, doctors have to first search for illness with similar symptoms. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, hidden infections and a nonfunctioning thyroid gland are such illnesses. Only when these illnesses and others are ruled out can the diagnosis of fibromyalgia be made.

A distinctive feature of the condition is tender points, specific body areas where moderate finger pressure elicits pain far in excess of the pressure applied. There are 18 mapped tender points on the body.

Attempts to find a cause have not been rewarding so far, and that’s a barrier to prescribing an ideal treatment. Many medicines have been tried, and some are at least partially successful. Amitriptyline, an antidepressant, can restore refreshing sleep and can correct any derangement of brain chemistry that might be the basis of this condition. Muscle relaxants have helped some. Capsaicin cream, with many brand names and obtainable without prescription, sometimes relieves pain. Lyrica is a relatively new medicine that has been approved for treatment.


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